Mad Botanist

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  1. Mad Botanist added a post in a topic School Bond Passes   

    Gambier Gal,
    That is correct.  There are three districts in Ohio, one close by, and it was covered 100%.  (No one was left holding the bag for 37 years, but by now you must know that there is the Winton Woods way or the Highway.)
    The Mad Botanist
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  2. Mad Botanist added a post in a topic School Bond Passes   

    Ligoriolivin,
    I agree with you 100%.  The way the present buildings have been treated are shameful.  I give the next set of buildings 25 years max. 
    Keep in mind that the new restrictions for graduation are in place for 2018.  Please check the Enquirer on line, an article by Maria DeVito.  The replacement of Ohio Graduation Test is as follows: "Students must earn 18 out of a possible 35 points on seven end-of-course exams taken during high school, receive an industry credential in a career field or get a "remediation-free" score in the English Language Arts and Mathematics sections of a college-entrance exam."  It is projected that 30% to 40% WILL NOT RECEIVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA. 
    I am confident that Winton Woods will not fail to appear in that category.  I know every body will jump on me and my version of half empty glass.  I have been 5 years inside those walls.  I know that some good things are going on.  But many bad things are also going on.  Discipline control is abysmal.  Ask for Records Request at the Forest Park Police Department, and they will GLADLY report the year to date how many calls they had at the High School alone, how many ended in Court, (Juvenile or otherwise) and how many to the resource officer.  (With a healthy estimate of how many were swept under the rug.) 
    The norm is that it does matter where you place the students 15@ to 20% will do a great job.  15% to 20% will fail or be pushed to barely pass.  That leaves 60% to 70% up for grabs...those are the ones that keep me awake at night.
    The Mad Botanist
     
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  3. Mad Botanist added a post in a topic School Bond Passes   

    Ligoriolivin,
    Did you see the news yesterday of the renovations taking place at Music Hall.  It was announced with great pride that it was 102 years old.  I think that perhaps we are going to be kept alive because we have to pay the Bond Issue the next 37 years, as long as we have a pulse we will be paying.  Oh I forgot!  We will have $20.00 more a year now that the Pool Bond will be paid off.  That is only in Greenhills, Springfield Township will not have even that.  If I remember correctly they are only  sending 441 students to the new buildings, and Greenhills 661. 
    By the way I am getting madder and greener.
    The Mad Botanist
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  4. Mad Botanist added a post in a topic Vote No WWCSD Bond #50 - Demand Alternatives   

    Christine,
    I do not think they want to listen to the voter,  not now, not before, not after.  The amount of hours my husband and I have spent offering suggestions and very strong recommendations were all dismissed with a simple "we cannot do that".  Why not?  I gave the list of comparable schools who are successfully implementing certain programs.  Princeton and Finneytown were two of the examples given.  The answer is always no we cannot do that.  And yet keep repeating the same mistakes, obtaining the same results, but in hope of a different outcome.....
    The Mad Botanist
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  5. Mad Botanist added a post in a topic Vote No WWCSD Bond #50 - Demand Alternatives   

    Nuttly,
    Amen to that!  Considering the fact that students from all three communities feed into "those catholic and private schools"...
    The Mad Botanist
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  6. Mad Botanist added a post in a topic Vote No WWCSD Bond #50 - Demand Alternatives   

    GG,
    This has been a problem for as long as I can remember.  Perhaps you can offer some suggestions.  At this time I am out of offering solutions because I am tired of being called all kind of names.  Being part of the solution has always been my motto, yet time and time again it has been seen as problematic to say the least.  Again, there are parents out there who are satisfied with what they are getting, and there are parents who are not.  Both sets of parents are paying an enormous amount of taxes to be able to accommodate both sides, yet somewhere some decision has been taken not to do so.  Others who have come to the table with solutions have been not been welcome.  It seems that they say they want help and ideas from one side of the mouth, and when they get it those ideas are thrown out the other side of the mouth because they got the solution to all what ails the School System. 
    Parents are getting tired of fighting the system.  In a sense that is what the Board of Education wanted.  The most powerful tool the parents have is their vote if they stay in town ,and if they can sell their property they will move somewhere else. 
    The Mad Botanist
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  7. Mad Botanist added a post in a topic Vote No WWCSD Bond #50 - Demand Alternatives   

    Three Hats,
    We obviously agree to disagree!  You certainly have the right to your opinion as I have to mine!  I care much more for the Academic performance.  It is obvious also that I am not alone in the left field.  All the students home schooled, and all the students going elsewhere to receive their Education, speak volumes of what they think of the Academic performance at Winton Woods.  There are three important points:  1.  Mt. Healthy has new buildings and yet performing worse than even Winton Woods, 2.  the lack of Community involvement in this decision was obvious, and 3. my vote NO will cancel out your YES vote. 
    The Mad Botanist
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  8. Mad Botanist added a post in a topic Vote No WWCSD Bond #50 - Demand Alternatives   

    Three Hats,
    So, according to you we must demolish Roger Bacon, Purcell Marian, St Xavier, La Salle, Ursula, Elder, Etc.  Their buildings are old, outdated, and worn out too.  We need to provide Winton Woods with a  new toy, because the powers to be did not do a good job and were not good stewards of our money, so we will give them new buildings in order to better their optics?  No improvement plans from within about Academics, to improve the student/teacher ratio, to offer mandatory tutoring, and/or to impose more rigor in discipline?
    You think that the new buildings will last more than 25 years if their maintenance program will mirror the current ones? 
    I do not like the odds for my tax dollars.
    The Mad Botanist
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  9. Mad Botanist added a post in a topic Equalizer's Retirement   

    GG,
    1.  Not only certain Pro Bonders have put down wrong information out there, but also have written personal attacks and not even tried to clarify facts. 
        a.  The pool Bond coming to an end will not give back $20.00 a month but $20.00 a year.  That hardly will cover School Bond Issue.
        b.  Critics of the Police Department are just plain WRONG.  There is a Police Levy where funds are provided for their needs.  If the purchases are approved is because they have the cash on the barrel to paid for it.  To equate the Greenhills Police Department to the Winton Woods Academic standing is ludicrous.
       c.  The so called Gentlemen's Agreement about the identity of writers on Junedale is not in full vigor.  At Board of Education Meetings, Board members have mentioned by name the name of dissidents of the Bond Issue, their nom de plume, and what was written.  It is safe to say that some one is supplying the names.
       d.  To have made an issue of the sign misspelling was another problem of not checking it out.  The vendor subcontracted and due to their mistake, refunded fully the amount, and repaired the damage "gratis".  Also a third party added more signs to the two previous ones.  They failed to see the same ad in the Greenhills Journal.
     
    2.  You also asked about  Income Tax and how it affects a School District, and here it is:   a significant portion of Income Tax collected by the state goes back to local schools to assist student on a per capita basis.  It is my understanding that last year monies from the State Income Tax subsidized each student from the Winton Woods District to the extent of $4,800 per student.  So as you see it does have a bearing.
    3. I agree with both of you Christine and GG.
    The Mad Botanist
     
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  10. Mad Botanist added a post in a topic Equalizer's Retirement   

    Christine,
    You are 100% correct!
    The Mad Botanist
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  11. Mad Botanist added a post in a topic Equalizer's Retirement   

    Cincygrrl70,
    My thoughts exactly!
    The Mad Botanist
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  12. Mad Botanist added a post in a topic Equalizer's Retirement   

    GG,
    You have to look it as ironic that those who preach tolerance are the one that dish out zero tolerance. 
    The Board President and Superintendent did not respond to a request for public records.  It was sent out twice.  The third time it as hand deliver to the superintendent.  No response!
    The Mad Botanist
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  13. Mad Botanist added a post in a topic Equalizer's Retirement   

    GG,
    It is a sad commentary to live in the country where so many have died to preserve the right of Free Speech, and yet less than a mile away we have people so oppressed who will not be allowed an opinion.
    The Mad Botanist
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  14. Mad Botanist added a post in a topic Equalizer's Retirement   

    GG,
    Amen to that!  A good leader will make all the employees work together towards one goal...and it will yield a top product.  That is what a well oiled machine will do!  Not a new one.
    The Mad Botanist
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  15. Mad Botanist added a post in a topic Equalizer's Retirement   

    EQ,
    I am still surprised that the identities were disclosed.  As I understood we all had a nom de plume, and respected as such.  Now it seems for the last year and a half that the Board Members and the School administration know who all the dissenters are and there has been direct attack as such.  Also on a Board meeting actually a person was address as such name from Junedale by a member of the Board.  So, my question is, why a Board Member had those names for the particular person or persons who are asking for changes in Winton Woods? Is some one from the Junedale.com kingdom holding the actual names let the rabbit out of the hat, or do we have our own Wiki Leaks?  I do have my own suspicions if I were to bet....and I only bet on sure things.
    Again I shall miss you!
    The Mad Botanist
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